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At Frome College attendance matters for all our students. We are all working together to ensure that students achieve their maximum academic potential. Iit is a long-established fact that poor college attendance can have a negative impact on academic progress. Recent National studies have shown students who are able to maintain good attendance of 95% and above are 80% more likely to achieve 5+ GCSE grades 9-4.

Please remember, all students should arrive promptly at 8.40am ready for registration to start at 8.45am.  If your child is unable to attend school, it is vital that you call the absence line, for every day your child is absent on 01373 469008 and leave a clear message detailing your child’s name, tutor group and reason for absence.  For lengthy absences, i.e. more than 3 consecutive days you may be asked to provide a medical evidence from a healthcare professional.  We would ask all parents to please make all appointments out of school hours, where at all possible, as it can be very disruptive to learning.

The Department for Education regard any student’s attendance which is below 90% as a persistent absence, this means that college will closely monitoring students who are not achieving an overall attendance of 95% and above.   A 90% attendance rate over a child’s whole time at school (average 19 days’ absence each year) would mean that by the end of Year 11, the equivalent of over a school year will have been missed.

• Annual attendance of 95% is 10 days that your child has been absent, that is 2 full school weeks of your child’s learning missed for that year.
• Annual attendance of 90% is 19 days absent, that is almost 4 school weeks missed.
• Annual attendance of 85% is 29 days absent, that is almost 6 school weeks missed.
• Annual Attendance of 80% is 38 days absent, that is over 7 school weeks missed.

Holidays in Term Time
From September 2013 legislation changed so that no absence for holidays will be authorised.  Exceptional circumstances will always arise and such situations will be taken into consideration if an application for term time leave (copies can be downloaded from the college website) is submitted to the Principal.  If you decide to take your child out of school, this will be recorded as unauthorised absence.  This may result in you being issued with a Penalty Notice fine from the Local Authority of £60 per child (per parent/carer) if paid within 21 days, which goes up to £120 if payment is made between 22 and 28 days.  Prosecution will be enforced if no payment within 28 days.

Punctuality matters at Frome College
The college day starts in registration at 8.45am and students are expected on college site for 8.40am.   Punctuality to registration and lessons is key to student’s ability to learn and ensures they are focussed on learning and not catching up on missed information throughout the day.

Being frequently late for school adds up to lost learning
• Arriving 5 minutes late every day adds up to over 3 days lost each year
• Arriving 15 minutes late every day adds up to 2 weeks absence a year
• Arriving 30 minutes late every adds up to 19 days absence a year

Combining good attendance and good punctuality ensures that your child has the best possible preparation for taking their place in the wider community beyond Frome College and into the workplace or further study.  We would therefore ask that you support your child and Frome College, enabling us together, to provide those basic principles that will lead to a happy and successful adult equipped with an education, self-belief and commitment to taking their place in the global market.

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